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ERIC Number: ED501252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-25
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
A National Study of LGBT Educators' Perceptions of Their Workplace Climate
Smith, Nancy J.; Wright, Tiffany; Reilly, Cole; Esposito, Jennifer
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, Mar 24-28, 2008)
The objective for this study was to investigate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) educators' perceptions of their workplace climate, the community in which they teach our nation's youth. The survey was posted on Survey Monkey between April 1 and June 30, 2007, to represent the perceptions of LGBT educators' experiences during the 2006-2007 school year. The researchers used multiple approaches to build a data set using snowball sampling that would represent all geographic areas, races, cultures, genders and different types of K-12 settings. The 514 survey participants represented teachers in all disciplines and instructional levels, counselors and librarians in all fifty states and Washington, D.C. Students are more likely to excel to their full potential if their teachers feel safe and fully supported in their workplace environments. Evidence suggests that teachers who feel safe have a higher level of professional efficacy, which in turn contributes to increased student achievement. The study of LGBT educators demonstrates summarized here unequivocably demonstrates that the LGBT educator participants do not feel safe and fully supported in their workplace. Instead, the climate, the overall atmosphere, in which they work is perceived with fear and distrust, and as troubling, unsafe and unsupportive. Our findings also suggest that there are schools in which a minority of LGBT educators perceive some dimension(s) of a professionally responsible school climate. Participants in those schools feel comfortable, safe, and supported. The responses from these participants hold promise for the future. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A